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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Advising Information and Resources

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Academic Advising is an important partnership between the student and their advisor. All successful advising relationships include careful planning, authentic communication, and personal responsibility. The following websites provide you helpful information and resources as an advisor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.


SBS Advising Questions for Faculty/Staff

SBS Advising Center
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Armstrong Hall 114
Advising Center Email: 

Student Relations Coordinator: Melissa (Mel) Iverson
Academic Advisor: Jodie Ward
Office Manager: Judy Olson-Passer


Advising Training Opportunities

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences provide various trainings for advisors. Information about these opportunities are communicated by the College at the beginning of each semester. 

For more information or to set up a training for your department, contact Mel Iverson, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Student Relations Coordinator, at

  • Advising 101 Training: The SBS Advising Center will be offering Advising 101 training again this semester! This training is recommended for new faculty members and advisors in SBS, but would also serve a great refresher for those who are interested. Topics include: General education, 8/2 rule, reading a Degree Audit Report (DARs), accessing your advisee list, and more! 
    • September 22, 2017 from 10:30 a.m.- Noon
    • Armstrong Hall 209
    • To sign up, email Mel with the day/time of the session you plan on attending!
  • Advising 201 Training: Advising 201 goes more in depth into advising policy, procedures, resources, and various ideas on how to connect with your advisees. Topics include: Registration policies and information, appeals, academic warning/probation, transfer information, and much more!
    • September 22, 2017 from 10:30 a.m.- Noon
    • Armstrong Hall 209
    • To sign up, email Mel with the day/time of the session you plan on attending!
  • Advising Roundtable Training: Advising Roundtable Training is a training forum for you to bring questions and topics that you would like to learn more about in advising. This session will be structured based on the questions and topics participants bring to the session.
    • Fall 2017 Sessions TBD
    • To sign up, email Mel with the day/time of hte session you plan on attending!

MavConnect by Starfish Profile Set-Up Training:
 This training will focus on the first phase of implementation training which includes profile set up, setting up online appointments, and using the notes function of MavConnect. Additional trainings will occur as features of the product are rolled out. Each session is limited to 25 people. Please email Mel Iverson, Student Relations Coordinator, if you plan on attending.

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 12:30-1:45 p.m. in AH 204
  • Friday, September 8, 2017 @ 10:00-11:15 a.m. in AH 204

What is MavConnect by Starfish?

  • A student success platform that helps deliver advising notes, early alert surveys, midterm reports, and allows for online advising appointment scheduling.
  • It is a system that can flag students at risk, pinpoint areas of concern, reinforce positive academic engagement, and connect students with early interventions.
  • Faculty and advisors can use MavConnect by Starfish to connect with advisees, document advising interactions, and raise alerts/flags/concerns throughout the semester, not just at early alert and mid-term time.